When the Mets signed Jay Bruce to a three-year deal offseason, it was partially sold as insurance against Michael Conforto’s shoulder. It was also an indictment against Brandon Nimmo, who the club effectively announced was not capable of being a starting outfielder at the Major League level.
To add insult to injury, Nimmo was made a punch line by his General Manager who said the team didn’t need Giancarlo Stanton because they had Nimmo.
All told, this meant despite a strong finish to the 2017 season, Nimmo was going to have to go out this season and constantly prove himself.
He proved himself in the beginning of the season when Conforto was out, took his unfair demotion to Triple-A like a man, and how he just wanted to be a part of a winner despite riding the bench while less productive players received playing time he earned.
During this stretch he has played so well, Mickey Callaway has announced Nimmo will play everyday and hit leadoff, even against left-handed pitching, because the Mets need Nimmo and his ability to get on base atop the lineup.
Nimmo quickly rewarded his manager’s faith in him by putting together an impressive streak of getting on base in eight straight player appearances stretching over two games:
- Home Run
- Infield Single
In the second game of this two game stretch, he was 4-for-4 with two runs, two doubles, a triple, and an RBI.
With this feat, Nimmo becomes the first Met since Curtis Granderson in 2016 to accomplish this. Given their attitude on and off the field, their ability leading off games, and their willingness to do whatever is needed to help their team win games, it’s quite fitting Nimmo has put himself in Granderson territory.
Given how Nimmo has done all the has been asked of him, never complained, and forced his way into the lineup, his refusal to make an out was an easy choice for this week’s Neon Moment of the Week.
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